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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kitchen Tour and Chalkboard Wall


After years of wanting a chalkboard wall, I finally broke down and painted a few walls in my kitchen.  Part of what drove me to paint the walls was the unorganized chaos on the side of my refrigerator.   With another school year fast approaching, I knew I needed to do something about the mess.  We always use our side door and this messy space is the first thing you see when you walk in the door.  It was getting way out of control and I needed to do something drastic.

See what I mean?  As hard as I tried the side of my refrigerator ended up being a catch all for everything and anything. 

Our walls have also been taking a huge beating since starting our garage and mudroom/kitchen addition.  My son likes to bathe in the dirt and track it into the house day after day.  Painting the walls a dark color and giving my kids the chance to draw on the walls was the perfect solution to camouflage the dirt.

I started by painting two coats of chalkboard paint on each wall and letting it dry overnight.  

Once the paint was dry, I used the side of large sidewalk chalk to prep each wall.  I'm not gonna lie, it makes a mess and I had to completely wipe down my entire kitchen when I was done.
  

Now that the walls were finished it was time to get organized.  I ran out to Goodwill to look for a large frame and was lucky enough to find exactly what I was looking for.
Nice, huh?  I gave it a few coats of white paint then used sandpaper to distress the sides and it was the perfect addition to the chalkboard wall.  I also worked on creating a couple chalkboard labels for the magazine rack.
Each of my kids now has a space for all their school work and important papers.  I'm hoping this will keep my refrigerator and counters clutter free.
The paint is a bit dark for my cramped kitchen, but I love how it looks.  It's such a fun spot for the kids and since it's only temporary it was worth doing.   



Now for the rest of the kitchen.

About three years ago we updated our kitchen with new flooring, countertops and appliances (including, installing an above the range microwave).   At the time, we didn't think a full blown kitchen expansion and remodel would be financially possible.   I'm glad we did the updates, but looking back I probably would have just waited.




Just to show you that I wasn't kidding about the dirt, here's a shot of the piles just outside our door.
The arrow shows how far our kitchen will be expanded and where the garage starts.  This friday our concrete and driveway will be torn up to install the required frost footer.   Framing should start as soon as the county signs off and our framer is available.  I am crossing my fingers that everything will be framed by the end of the month. 

18 comments:

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your chalkboard wall! I've always wanted one too and seeing yours is making me want to make it happen sooner than later! I love how well organized everything is now too!

    Sounds like you've got some VERY exciting plans for your new space! Can't wait to watch the progress!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristi! You should totally add a chalkboard wall in your house. I hesitated for awhile too, but am so glad I finally decided to add one in our kitchen. My kids think it's so cool that they can write on the wall and your son probably would too :)

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  2. Looks Awesome, Katie!! Gotta love an organized space!

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    1. Thanks Erin! Now, if only I can keep it this organized!

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  3. Love the chalkboard and organization!! As my oldest is now starting kindergarten, I'm all about organization. Our kitchen needs a complete gut job but I can't afford it now, so I may find some temporary solutions.

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    1. Thanks Megan! I was completely shocked at how many papers my daughter brought home last year from school! Good luck with your oldest starting kindergarten. It was a hard transition for my daughter, but after a few weeks she LOVED school!

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  4. Love it, Katie! Such a genius solution to your problem. And it looks so much less cluttered. I love the additional the frame and the magazine rack is too cool. Can't wait to see the updates!

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah! The magazine rack is my favorite part and I love that it was a HomeGoods clearance find that I spray painted. Gotta love a good deal!

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  5. That looks amazing! What a great use of space!!

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  6. LOVE how those walls look! I've been wanting to do this for awhile---I don't know what I'm waiting for! And I love the magazine rack idea for organizing each kids' things!

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    1. Thanks SO much Jen! I don't know what I was waiting for either, lol! Just got for it!

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  7. I want a chalkboard wall! Being as I homeschool I should have one, huh? Now I can show this to my husband and he might just go for it:)

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    1. Yes, you totally should have one :) I hope in convinces your husband that you need one too! Good Luck!

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  8. I love, love the chalkboard walls, Katie!!! I found myself looking around our home seeing which one I could paint!! I bet the kids love it! By the way, I loove the drawer pulls on your kitchen cabinets!!! Love your blog, Katie :)
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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    1. Kendra, you are so sweet! Thank you so much for reading along! Do you have a kid space? I was also thinking about painting the wall in our basement for the kids. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  9. I love chalkboard walls in kitchens! They just seem to make sense there. I heart your magazine rick too.

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    1. Thank so much, Carmody! The magazine rack was a HomeGoods clearance find that was originally red. I love it so much more pained white!

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